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Living & Dying in Society

Societies are changing across the globe. In an era of ageing and multimorbidity, people who are dying or suffering from multiple disabilities are especially vulnerable. Less than 15% of the worldwide population who could benefit from palliative care receive it, and the care gap is growing wider for people in low and middle-income countries. 

We investigate the changing needs and preferences of vulnerable people affected by life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses to improve care and alleviate suffering. We future-proof our findings by forming evidence-based responses based on a wide range of factors such as, ageing populations, caregivers, preferences and choices, place of care and death, spirituality, identity and culture.

Research projects

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Better End of Life Project

Principal investigators: Katherine E Sleeman.

Understanding experiences of dying, death, and bereavement in the UK, and compelling local and national policy-makers to act to improve people’s experiences.

Project status: Ongoing

Research & impact

Research & impact

We pioneer the best clinical, applied and health services research and maximise our impact by…

Patients & the public

Patients & the public

Public involvement is critical to our work and enables us to respond to the changing needs of…

Our connections

Our connections

Learn about our local, national and international partnerships.

The care of the dying demands all that we can do to enable patients to live until they die.

Cicely Saunders ‘The last stages of life’ American Journal of Nursing 1965.

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